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waft

 (wäft, wăft)
v. waft·ed, waft·ing, wafts
v.tr.
To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water: The breeze wafted the fog through the fields.
v.intr.
To float easily and gently, as on the air; drift: The smell of soup wafted from the kitchen.
n.
1. Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air: a waft of perfume.
2. A light breeze; a rush of air: felt the waft of the sea breeze.
3. The act or action of fluttering or waving: the waft of her dress.
4. Nautical A flag used for signaling or indicating wind direction. Also called waif2.

[Back-formation from wafter, convoy ship, alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter, a guard, from wachten, to guard; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

waft′er n.

waft

(wɑːft; wɒft)
vb
to carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water
n
1. the act or an instance of wafting
2. something, such as a scent, carried on the air
3. a wafting motion
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical Also called: waif (formerly) a signal flag hoisted furled to signify various messages depending on where it was flown
[C16 (in obsolete sense: to convey by ship): back formation from C15 wafter a convoy vessel, from Middle Dutch wachter guard, from wachten to guard; influenced by waff]
ˈwaftage n

waft

(wɑft, wæft)

v.t.
1. to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: A breeze wafted the music across the lake.
2. to send or convey lightly: wafting kisses across the footlights.
v.i.
3. to float or be carried, esp. through the air.
n.
4. a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived.
5. a wafting motion, as a light current or gust: a waft of air.
6. the act of wafting.
[1535–45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman]
waft′er, n.

waft


Past participle: wafted
Gerund: wafting

Imperative
waft
waft
Present
I waft
you waft
he/she/it wafts
we waft
you waft
they waft
Preterite
I wafted
you wafted
he/she/it wafted
we wafted
you wafted
they wafted
Present Continuous
I am wafting
you are wafting
he/she/it is wafting
we are wafting
you are wafting
they are wafting
Present Perfect
I have wafted
you have wafted
he/she/it has wafted
we have wafted
you have wafted
they have wafted
Past Continuous
I was wafting
you were wafting
he/she/it was wafting
we were wafting
you were wafting
they were wafting
Past Perfect
I had wafted
you had wafted
he/she/it had wafted
we had wafted
you had wafted
they had wafted
Future
I will waft
you will waft
he/she/it will waft
we will waft
you will waft
they will waft
Future Perfect
I will have wafted
you will have wafted
he/she/it will have wafted
we will have wafted
you will have wafted
they will have wafted
Future Continuous
I will be wafting
you will be wafting
he/she/it will be wafting
we will be wafting
you will be wafting
they will be wafting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wafting
you have been wafting
he/she/it has been wafting
we have been wafting
you have been wafting
they have been wafting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wafting
you will have been wafting
he/she/it will have been wafting
we will have been wafting
you will have been wafting
they will have been wafting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wafting
you had been wafting
he/she/it had been wafting
we had been wafting
you had been wafting
they had been wafting
Conditional
I would waft
you would waft
he/she/it would waft
we would waft
you would waft
they would waft
Past Conditional
I would have wafted
you would have wafted
he/she/it would have wafted
we would have wafted
you would have wafted
they would have wafted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waft - a long flagwaft - a long flag; often tapering    
flag - emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
pennoncel, pennoncelle, penoncel - a small pennant borne on a lance
Verb1.waft - be driven or carried along, as by the airwaft - be driven or carried along, as by the air; "Sounds wafted into the room"
be adrift, drift, float, blow - be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
2.waft - blow gently; "A breeze wafted through the door"
blow - be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"

waft

verb
1. drift, float, be carried, be transported, coast, flow, stray, glide, be borne, be conveyed The scent of roses wafted through the open window.
2. transport, bring, carry, bear, guide, conduct, transmit, convey A slight breeze wafted the heavy scent of flowers past her.
noun
1. current, breath, puff, whiff, draught, breeze A waft of perfume reached Ingrid's nostrils.
Translations

waft

[wɑːft]
A. Nsoplo m, ráfaga f
B. VTllevar por el aire
C. VIflotar, moverse

waft

[ˈwɒft ˈwɑːft]
vt (= carry) → faire parvenir
to be wafted → parvenir
The scents and sounds of the May countryside were wafted to us in the spring sunshine → Les parfums et les bruits de la campagne au mois de mai nous parvenaient dans la lumière du soleil printanier.
vi [scent, sound]
A scent of lemon and eucalyptus wafted up from the gardens → Un parfum de citron et d'eucalyptus s'élevait des jardins.

waft

nHauch m; a waft of smokeeine dünne Rauchschwade; a waft of cool airein kühler Lufthauch
vttragen, wehen
viwehen; a delicious smell wafted up from the kitchenein köstlicher Geruch zog aus der Küche herauf

waft

[wɑːft]
1. vt (sound, scent) → portare
2. vidiffondersi
References in classic literature ?
The face that was close to mine was as white as the face against the glass, and out of it presently came a sound, not low nor weak, but as if from much further away, that I drank like a waft of fragrance.
When I came to the stile, I stopped a minute, looked round and listened, with an idea that a horse's hoofs might ring on the causeway again, and that a rider in a cloak, and a Gytrash-like Newfoundland dog, might be again apparent: I saw only the hedge and a pollard willow before me, rising up still and straight to meet the moonbeams; I heard only the faintest waft of wind roaming fitful among the trees round Thornfield, a mile distant; and when I glanced down in the direction of the murmur, my eye, traversing the hall-front, caught a light kindling in a window: it reminded me that I was late, and I hurried on.
She drew up the blinds and opened the window itself and a great waft of fresh, scented air blew in upon her.
What strange perfumes seemed to waft across from it, perfumes laden with associations of a world so different from the green world where it now was, a charming world of gay intrigue and wanton pleasure.
Goddess in a golden hall, Fairest maids around her gleam, Wine-fumes of the festival Daily waft her into dream.
No dirge will I upraise, "But waft the angel on her flight with a Paean of old days
He looked in silence at the man who brought, as it were, a waft of air from his own land,--from that isle where he had been so miraculously saved from the hatred of the "English party"; the land he was never to see again.
The breeze had not seemed to waft the sighs of the murdered to her; it had wafted nothing worse than a thick mizzling rain; and having given a good shake to her habit, she was ready to be shown into the common drawing-room, and capable of considering where she was.
Were there not currents higher up that would waft him to less arid regions?
of it will remain in my hands; because, with that gold, I will build granaries, castles, cities, and harbors; because I will create a marine, I will equip navies that shall waft the name of France to the most distant people; because I will create libraries and academies; because I will make France the first country in the world, and the wealthiest.
Denham had recovered his self-control; he spoke with a quietness which made Katharine rather anxious that he should explain himself, but at the same time she wished to annoy him, to waft him away from her on some light current of ridicule or satire, as she was wont to do with these intermittent young men of her father's.
There was but one solution of her difficulty and that was to return to her flier and pray that the wind would waft her to some less terrorful land; but when might she return to the flier?